By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Dele Alli could be slapped with a restrospective three-match ban for punching Claudio Yacob during Tottenham’s 1-1 draw against West Brom on Monday night.
Footage showed the newly-named PFA Young Player of the Year hitting Baggies midfielder Yacob in the stomach in the first half of the clash at White Hart Lane.
The incident took place near the West Brom goalmouth but did not appear to have been spotted by the match officials.
Alli could now face a retrospective investigation from the Football Association and a possible violent conduct charge.
The likely sanction would be a three-match suspension, which would rule out the 20-year-old midfielder for the rest of the domestic season.
Chelsea striker Diego Costa served a three-match ban earlier in the season after being found guilty of an FA charge of violent conduct following a retrospective investigation into his behaviour in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Arsenal in September.
Alli had one of his poorest matches for months as Spurs were dealt a crushing blow in their title hopes.
FA will surely want another view of footage of the incident that seems to show Dele Alli punching Claudio Yacob. Could be a three-game ban.
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) April 25, 2016
Spurs’ failure to take all three points against Tony Pulis’ team has virtually ended their title hopes.
Leicester have a seven-point lead with three matches remaining and will secure the first title in the club’s history if they win at Manchester United at the weekend.
In other Tottenham news, the next Eric Dier could be at White Hart Lane next season.